plains bison (Bison bison bison)
The American Bison (Bison bison) is a North American species of bison. These bison once inhabited the grasslands of North America in massive herds; their range roughly formed a triangle between the Great Bear Lake in Canada's far northwest, south to the Mexican states of Durango and Nuevo León, and east along the leeward boundary of the Appalachian Mountains. A bison has a shaggy, long, dark brown winter coat, and a lighter weight, lighter brown summer coat. Bison can reach up to 2 meters (6.6 ft) tall, 3 meters (10 ft) long, and weigh 400 kilograms (882 lb) to 1,000 kilograms (2,205 lb). As typical in ungulates, the male bison is slightly larger.
- States/US Territories in which the plains bison, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: Colorado , Iowa , Montana , Oklahoma , South Dakota , Utah , Wyoming
- US Counties in which the plains bison, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: View All
- Countries in which the the plains bison, Wherever found is known to occur: Canada, Mexico, United States
|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|Mountain-Prairie Region (Region 6)||Wherever found|
» Federal Register Documents
|08/15/2007||72 FR 45717 45722||90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Yellowstone National Park Bison Herd as Endangered|
|02/24/2011||76 FR 10299 10310||90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Wild Plains Bison or Each of Four Distinct Population Segments as Threatened|
No recovery information is available for the plains bison.
» Critical Habitat
No critical habitat rules have been published for the plains bison.
» Conservation Plans
No conservation plans have been created for plains bison.
» Life History
No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.
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